“Can’t be Changed on a Whim” – Susie Wolff Breaks Mercedes F1 Silence With a Strong Statement

Published 12/16/2021, 4:35 AM CST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah


As the dust settles on the contentious championship race, F1 now has time to reflect on what has been a stunning season in its history. However, upon this reflection, the many errors in the sport also come to mind. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff’s wife, Susie, shared her thoughts on the season, claiming to have fallen out of love with the sport.

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Susie Wolff began a strong Instagram post with her disappointment with the race in Abu Dhabi. “I believed both teams and both drivers deserved to win. It was going to be a spectacle, a historic race that we all hoped would end without controversy. That wasn’t to be.”

 

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The result left her with a “sick feeling”. However, it was not because of Mercedes’ opponents, but rather the rules of the sport. “The way in which Lewis was robbed has left me in utter disbelief.”

The last lap shenanigans by the FIA and race director is what needs to be changed, according to Wolff. ” Rules are rules, they can’t be changed on a whim by one individual at the end of a race.” 

She ended her post with a firm statement. “I hope by March of next year there is a governing body with sporting integrity and fairness at its core so I can fall back in love with F1.”

Susie Wolff makes a point on behalf of Mercedes

In her post, Wolff also left some words of encouragement to her friend, Lewis Hamilton. “you have shown incredible integrity and dignity in the face of injustice. You are the greatest there has ever been. The outcome of the last laps on Sunday? Those who know, they know, even those who can’t quite bring themselves to admit it.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship with the Netherlands flag on the podium as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks on after finishing second REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Mercedes has been incredibly silent after the race on Sunday. With their social media accounts silent and no statements made, Susie Wolff’s opinion was the correct way to end the loud silence.

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Lewis Hamilton has said nothing either, even regarding his new title in knighthood. Additionally, Mercedes’ refusal to take part in the official FIA photoshoot as champions, only makes one thing loud and clear- the team isn’t happy.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

There have been many moments in the season where the rulings made in the steward’s room have impacted either team; however, when it mattered the most- in a championship defining race and lap, the incompetence weighed heavily on Mercedes.

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Now, with Wolff being the voice of reason and change on behalf of the team, maybe the FIA will find a way to improve and make up for the errors of the 2021 season. With a fresh start awaiting the sport in the coming season, the rules could use a fixer-upper as well.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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